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  1. This is the latest Arkady Renko book by Martin Cruz Smith and it's good in the same way that his other books are good. Renko has a good heart that leads him into bad situations and not-necessarily-very-good-relationships. He still observes things that others do not and so ends up solving mysteries that others don't even realize are mysteries. And Smith still doesn't spoon feed you the conclusions that Renko is reaching, so that sometimes you are surprised by what he says and does (and the results) and sometimes you are not. In this book, an investigative reporter, Tatiana Petrovna, f
  2. Martin Cruz Smith is another author I actively look for and jump to buy as soon as one of his books comes out. This is the 7th book in his Arkady Renko series, which I think as a group are his strongest books (although his best single book, I think, is Rose). This book is short and its unrelated-but-related story lines got resolved pretty quickly, a little more quickly than I would have preferred, but I went with it because I liked the resolution. In fact, I found the last paragraph rather lyrical and I could just see it as it happened. Smith's descriptions of Russian life in general an
  3. This book was published in 1981 and is set in 1977 at a time when the cold war was at its height and little was known about the internal policing of the Soviet Union. What a great place, then to set a detective novel. The first third of the book appears to be a conventional detective novel involving the investigation into the murder of three bodies found in Gorky Park. Arkady Renko, a chief investigator with the Moscow militia is assigned to the case and his investigations lead him to discover the murderer. Upon this discovery and Renko's confrontation with the murder, the novel could
  4. I finished this novel a few weeks ago, but was sufficiently unimpressed. This one was my first disappointment with Martin Cruz Smith. It is definitely my least favorite Renko novel and ranks down there with Stallion Gate in his oeuvre. It seems that Smith has run out of ideas for Renko--but still wants to talk about Russia--so he has resorted to adding recurring characters and relying on clichés. There is also one big surprise in the middle that comes out of nowhere--and it is indeed a doozy--but it actually made me want to stop reading the book. That's something rare for me as Smith is m
  5. This is the fifth book of Martin Cruz Smith's featuring the cynical, Russian police investigator Arkady Renko. It centers around the apparent suicide of Russia's wealthiest oligarch, who fell 10 stories from his apartment window with a salt shaker in his hand. The investigation takes a twist when a pile of salt is found in his bedroom closet. First off, I don't often read mysteries, as I find them to be trite and over the top, with the feeling of being phoned-in rather than thoughtfully-written. Martin Cruz Smith is one of the rare exceptions that I have found (he isn't one of those book-a
  6. From the back cover: Fishing in the Bering Sea, a trawler's nets bring up flatsish, pollock, crabs and a blonde girl in a white blouse and blue jeans. Her name is Zina, and she is a crewmember of the Soviet factory ship Polar Star which processes the American trawlers' cathces. Detailed to the ship's "slimeline" where the catch is gutted before freezing, is second-class seaman Arkady Renko, formerly Senior Investigator in the Moscow Prosecutor's Office, now a nobody. But Renko is appointed by the Polar Star's captain to investigate the death. This is the second story to feature Arkady Re
  7. Set in Japan, 1941–two days before and the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor–it tells the story of Harry Niles, an American born, Japanese raised con-man/business owner, as he tries to ward off a possible war between the two countries that he's torn between. On the one hand, this is a briskly-paced thriller, always keeping the reader interested, but never entirely sure of what's really going on. On the other, it's a wonderfully atmospheric and evocative picture of 1941 Japan, as well as flashbacks to Harry's youth in the 1920's. Smith, a veteran mystery writer of considerable literar
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